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Talking Texas with 2021 QB Charles Wright

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It’s been a roller coaster of a recruiting season for the Texas Longhorns. One of the brightest spots in recent history took place in mid-August as Texas secured a verbal commitment from the number one prospect in the class of 2022, quarterback Quinn Ewers.

This led to the decommitment of 2021 four-star dual-threat quarterback Jalen Milroe, who flipped to Alabama. This move, despite already having signed quarterbacks Hudson Card and Ja’Quinden Jackson in the 2020 class, left a hole at quarterback for the 2021 class.

Enter Charles Wright.

The 6’1, 195-pound three-star quarterback was originally committed to Big-12 rival, Iowa State, but when a spot opened up for him at Texas, he quickly seized the opportunity to play for the Longhorns.

“The opportunity to play for such a competitive team was a huge factor. Also, being able to play for such a prestigious University that has a special place in my heart was something I couldn’t ignore,” Wright said.

Wright is from Texas’ backyard as he plays high school football at Austin High School, just 10 minutes away from UT. Wright has been the signal-caller for the past two years and has thrown for 5,372 yards with 53 touchdown passes to just 21 interceptions.

The 39th ranked pro-style quarterback for the class of 2021 is preparing for his final season at Austin before traveling up the road a few miles to the 40 Acres.

“At the end of the day, my teammates and I just want to play football and win. That’s it,” Wright said. “Whether there are fans watching or not we just want to showcase our talents and compete to win big games.”

Wright joins a loaded quarterback room with plenty of talent at the position. Don’t sleep on Wright though as he has one of the prettiest deep balls in the state. He is a pure pocket passer, a skill set unlike others currently at Texas.

Wright hopes that once he arrives he can make an immediate impact in any way he can.

“To gain the trust of my teammates, compete, learn, and work. I made a business decision by going to Texas and I’m going to do everything in my power to prove myself,” Wright explained.

Whenever Texas recruits a quarterback it’s a win. When they recruit a quarterback from Austin and flip him from a Big-12 rival, that’s a triple win.

It means a lot for Wright that he will be able to to wear burnt orange one day. He takes a lot of pride in it, and he’s going to show that to the fans each and every day.

“This University has a special place in my heart and I’m going to work every day to make myself and my teammates better,” Wright said.

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